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March 31, 2007

Brush fire fills valley with smoke and ash

More than 150 fire fighters responded to a brush fire in the Hollywood Hills on Friday, including first responders from the Burbank Fire Department.

Thick plumes of smoke billowing above the Hollywood sign were visible from both the San Fernando Valley and the city of Los Angeles.

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The fire broke out near the Oakwood Toluca Hills residential complex east of Barham Boulevard near Universal City, Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Ron Myer said.

Two male teenagers, 16 and 17, later turned themselves into Burbank Police officers and said they started the fire, police officials said.

They were transferred to the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department. The investigation into the fire and its source is ongoing by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department.

Two Burbank Fire Department engines and battalion chiefs were a part of the initial response to the fire, said Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell.

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